June 5, 2013
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So can Australia reach another major final?
It feels odd going into any major tournament not talking about Australia as one of the favourites. However, we would be very foolish not to think they could under Michael Clarke lift the trophy at Edgbaston on Sunday 23rd June.
Australia are the current holders of this competition after a convincing tournament in 2009 in South Africa. They also won the tournament prior to that, held in India in 2006, so the pedigree is there.
Australia have been placed in Group A alongside hosts England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Looking at early season conditions in England, many people suspect the winners will come from a side that possesses the best quick bowlers. Thankfully for Australia they appear to have Mitchell Johnson back in form, and he will be well supported by the likes of Clint McKay, and Mitchell Starc.
Shane Watson is another pivotal player in an Australian team trying to rebuild. Watson is fresh off the back of another dominant season in the IPL, where his class shone through for the Rajasthan Royals. We have seen that the captaincy has brought Michael Clarke’s game to a new level, and in these two players Australia have real match winners.
We can’t forget the impact that David Warner could have on this competition. If he finds form in the two week duration, expect Australia to get off to some flying starts.
This team could go under the radar in the early part of the competition, but if Michael Clarke can drag performances out of his top players, then Australia will really fancy their chances of making this their third successive title.